Decoding a Military Hero’s Memorial

Imagery on memorial artwork, especially in the 19th century, was a mode of artistically expressing symbolic meaning and would have been effortlessly understood and recognized by onlookers.

With an enduring military history, starting at the age of sixteen and best known for his victory at the Battle of Plattsburg in 1814, Macomb was a well-respected and beloved man, focusing much of his time on the betterment of those in need.  Resurrection is an overarching theme illustrated on the monument indicating that Macomb was an optimistic man and a strong believer in the continuous cycle of life.  The symbols illustrated on the monument greatly exemplify Alexander Macomb’s military importance and his philosophies and values in life and death. 

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For further information about Macomb’s ambitious and captivating endeavors, visit Congressional Cemetery’s website.

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